A catalog from the uber-hip GEM Museum of Contemporary Art in The Hague reveals the latest work by the increasingly important twin brother team of Gert and Uwe Tobias. In their virtuoso style, the pair of Cologne-based artists has opened a new chapter in their creative oeuvre: huge 81-by-68-inch works that pay homage to the ancient still-life tradition. These monumental, woodblock-based works, which also combine gouache and collage, are also shown here in eye-popping installation photos. The brothers create a contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities, juxtaposing classical themes like flora, fauna or food with surreal, jarringly bright colors. In barely a decade of work, the Tobias brothers have become major artists, represented in all important collections; here’s a perfectly presented sample of their freshest, most provocative work.
D'Jonge Hond, The Netherlands
August 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches / 88 pp / 4 b&w and 86 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-80-3 · Retail Price: $59.95
The striking woodcuts and other works of Romanian-born twin brothers, Gert and Uwe Tobias, are linked to the folkloric and ornamental styles of their native land, mixed with pop culture, fantasy and social commentary. This large-format, full-color exhibition catalog, their third book, is the first art historical monograph of their work, featuring reproductions of their amazing gigantic woodcuts, made in a complicated and time-consuming process. The book also includes numerous documentations of their exhibition installations, showing the way the Tobias brothers fence in whole areas with display cabinets, drawing pads or series of prints. Extensive interviews and interpretive texts in English and German shed light on their artistic method.
September 2008 / Exhibition catalog
English & German
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
184 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-76-8 · Retail Price: $69.95
Laboratory of Synthesis (Vol.#1)
Robert Garnett and Andrew HUnt
Kingston University, United Kingdom
2008 / Softcover / 4 3/4 x 61/2 inches / 96 pp / 10 b&w and 10 color
ISBN: 978-1-870699-96-9 · Retail Price: $25.00
Meaning is what Hides the Instability of One’s Position
You’ll never see an airport the same way again: 22 photographic sequences glimpsing fragments of movements through spaces of transit form the most amazing flip-book ever. Andrea Geyer and Katya Sander’s artist’s book is a riveting photographic exprience that takes us through the so-called “transit areas” of international airports, where you’re officially between states and nations, although still within them. The artists investigate these spaces in a flow of images, meanings and politics, overlaid and interwoven with 130 terms and 57 sentences collected in various airports. In a world where the notion of borders has become both more rigid and more fluid than ever before, the artists spatialize the gap through a vocabulary of hallways, doors, lines and identifications that lead to passages granted or denied.
2011 / Softcover / 6.75 x 8.25 inches
256 pp / 256 color / 2 b&w pamphlets
ISBN: 978-1-933128-94-8 · Retail Price: $34.95
The Tiger’s Mind
Filmmaker Beatrice Gibson is inspired by historical music practices that propose more egalitarian methods of production between composers and performers. In 2010, Gibson and typographer Will Holder began a project with the intention of using experimental British composer Cornelius Cardew’s musical score, The Tiger’s Mind (1967), as a guide to producing improvised speech. Since the verbally (rather than graphically) rendered score concerned the changing relations between six performers, practitioners from other fields were invited to conversa- tions at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, and CAC Brétigny over the course of the next two years. Each conversation produced a printed document to serve as a score for subsequent meetings. This book is a document of their process, culminating in the making of Gibson’s eponymous film.
January 2013/ Softcover w/ inserts/
9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches/ 144 pages/ 63 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-50-4 · Retail Price: $30.00
GRR30: Urban Recordings
2007 / 3rd edition / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches 352 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-00-018496-3 · Retail Price: $35.00
How Are You Going to Behave? A Kitchen Cat Speaks
This book documents Gillick’s project for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009. It contains an introduction by the curator, a text by Liam Gillick about his work as well as the text spoken by the kitchen cat present in the show: “She speaks from the present and fights against the echoes of building’s interior. It’s history is one of misrepresentation, misunderstanding and desires. Thus, the pavilion becomes a location for endless self-circulating histories that—in the end—represents our history as well.”
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
164 pp / 6 x 9 inches / 40 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-74-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
Born in 1964, the prolific Liam Gillick was one of the artists – including Damien Hirst and Angela Bulloch – who dominated British art through the 1990s. He’s spent years as the post-conceptual crowd-pleaser, with a controversial solo show in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009 only the most recent triumph. His sculptural forms and settings seem terse, yet, writes curator Robert Fleck, “they evince a strong – almost celebratory – intellectual presence.” This monumental 256-page, full-color catalog serves as a comprehensive mid-career retrospective, compiled by the artist himself. With his muscular combination of words, forms and ideas, the works are both narrative and non-narrative. For example, in “The State itself Becomes a Super Whatnot,” a vivid aluminum and Plexiglas installation derives, in the artist’s words, “from Brazilian research into Scandinavian car production.” Gillick has created over 2000 multi-dimensional works exploring – in his casual, playful yet deeply political way – ideas about capitalism, social organizations, social volatility and the myriad possibilities of instability. The New York-based artist’s quest has continually been something of a causal chain that investigates concepts such as utopia, parallelism, space and time, using them all as a search for utopia. As Gillick says, “One long walk … Two short piers …” The definitive volume so far on this incessantly interesting and rigorous artist. With texts by Nicolas Bourriaud and Isabelle Moffat.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 inches / 256 pp / 500 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-40-7 · Retail Price: $99.95
Collected here for the first time are Liam Gillick’s fictional writings: McNamara, Erasmus is Late, Ibuka!, The Winter School, Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre, and Literally No Place. Presenting the historical, utopian visions of society and speculating on them often through the fictionalized voices of secondary historical characters, these ideas are explored in a nonlinear, open-ended discursive format, in which the text mirrors the structure of the presented ideas. Gillick’s concern is to explore complex, paradoxical historical and ideological moments, reflecting on how the redundant utopian elements of the past continue to inform both our contemporary and post-utopian future.
2009 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
248 pp / extensive b&w and 6 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-17-5 · Retail Price: $32.00
Susanne Gaensheimer, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
Edited by Susanne Gaensheimer, Westfälischer Kunstverein, and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Frankfurter Kunstverein Texts by Michael Archer, Susanne Gaensheimer, Nicolaus Schafhausen
This publication constitutes the first comprehensive documentation of the work of British artist Liam Gillick. With numerous illustrations and a seminal essay by Michael Archer, the book traces Gillick’s works from the beginning in the late 1980s up to the present.
“‘If you want to fight, then you go underground, whether you’re on the inside of things or on the outside …’ The first lines from the first chapter of Robert McNamara, Liam Gillick’s unpublished 1993 novel based on his screenplay, McNamara, … appear to be a metaphor for an artistic strategy that runs throughout the entire novel and all of Gillick’s subsequent texts, installations, scenarios, and objects. This strategy is the construction of implicit, non-concrete elements around the actual meaning, which in turn remains obscure; around an unmentioned content that exists between the words and lines only as a vague context, as assumption, as something intangible and yet all-embracing, underground, invisible, and underlying everything.” Susanne Gaensheimer
Design by Surface, Berlin/Frankfurt am Main
2000 / Softcover / English/German
168 pp / 98 color
ISBN: 978-0-9671802-3-6 · Retail Price: $39.95